A heated build platform helps keep the lowest levels of a print warm as the higher layers are printed. This allows the overall print to cool more evenly.
45% have it
2. Creates support structures
The printer will automatically build extra structures to support the item as it is printing. The extra support can then be easily removed.
27% have it
3. 1.75mm filament diameter
The 1.75mm filament diameter is gradually overtaking the previous 3mm standard. The 1.75mm filament feeds into the printer with greater ease and allows for more detail in the printing process.
56% have it
4. maximum operating temperature
The maximum temperature at which the device can perform to the optimal level.
miniFactory 3D Printer: 300°C
5. has an external memory slot
The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.
35% have it
EnvisionTEC Perfactory Micro: 230mm
7. 3D print speed
The speed at which 3d objects are printed, measured in millimeters per second.
Fabbster Kit: 600mm/s
8. Prints in ABS plastic
The printer prints in ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene). This is up to 30 times stronger than regular plastic and is commonly used in 3D printing.
70% have it
9. Prints in PLA
Polylactic acid (PLA) is popular in 3D printing as it cools and sets quickly. Unlike ABS plastic, it is biodegradable and therefore better for the environment. It can be used to build support structures for other printouts, as it can then be dissolved leaving no marks.
76% have it
10. layer thickness
The thinner each print layer is, the more detailed you can make your designs. Layer thickness is often also referred to as resolution and is measured in microns (µm).
Printrbot JR v2: 0.4µm
UP! Plus: 150mm
Printrbot JR v2: 9.1g
14. USB ports
With more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
More extruder heads allow you to use different colors and different types of material at the same time. A second extruder is also required to build PVA/PLA support structures around items as they are printed.
Hyrel Professional E5: 4
16. maximum creation size
This is the biggest size of object that you can print.
177.8 x 177.8 x 177.8
Bits from Bytes RapMan Education: 490 x 500 x 850
17. number of colors per print
A single design can be made up using different colored materials simultaneously.
Da Vinci 3D Printer: 12
18. Prints in HIPS
The printer is able to print in High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). HIPS is similar to ABS plastic, but uses different solvents (limonene rather than acetone). HIPS is easy to paint and glue.
7% have it
19. Is pre-assembled
As the product arrives fully assembled, you do not have to build it from a kit.
51% have it
20. nozzle size
The smaller the nozzle, the more detailed the final product can be. However, when speed of printing is of greater importance than detail, a larger nozzle may be preferable.